Hemp Research

Doane University in Crete, Neb., will offer a three-course online program this fall that will cover the science, cultivation, processing and regulation of marijuana and hemp, shown. Nebraska is a state in which neither medicinal nor recreational pot is legal.

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — A private university in Nebraska, a state which bars recreational and medicinal marijuana, plans to offer an online program this fall that will cover the science, cultivation, processing and regulation of marijuana and hemp.

Doane University in Crete will offer the three-course program, which will be taught in part by chemistry professor Andrea Holmes. She told the Omaha World-Herald that the industry is growing rapidly, citing jobs across the country for cultivators, technicians, scientists, geneticists, administrators, salespeople, marketers and advertisers.

Nebraska lawmakers cleared the way this past spring for a limited number of farmers to grow hemp. Hemp is a low-THC version of the cannabis plant.

“Cannabis has two sides — the marijuana side and the hemp side,” said Holmes, co-founder of a Denver business that removes the oil from hemp. Holmes’ business, Precision Plant Molecules, refines the oil so its THC level is lower than 0.3%. The refined extract is sold to companies that produce tablets, lotions and liquids used for pain relief and other purposes.

Holmes, who’s been a Doane professor since 2005, said she will be responsible for certifying those who complete the program. A Doane news release said the university will be the first in the state to offer it. Colorado State University and the University of Denver are among several colleges across the country that offer courses for people interested in the cannabis industry.

State Sen. Mike Groene, chairman of the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee, said it sounds like Doane is offering a useful program.

Organizers have been conducting a petition drive to put a medical marijuana measure on a Nebraska ballot next year.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.